Reboots and Reconsiderations

Delayed take: I kinda hated Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Mild spoilers to follow. I went in with an open mind. I've read plays before, and I was willing to give it a pass on some things. But it was bad. There were some bad plot points and some horrible dialogue. Maybe with some talented actors … Continue reading Reboots and Reconsiderations

Highs and Lows: the 1979 Oscars

As we've seen, some Oscar years are very serious. Others are not. This one is a grab bag. We have two serious films about Vietnam, The Deer Hunter and Coming Home, a "prison drama" in Midnight Express, a PG romp in Heaven Can Wait, and a comedic examination of single womanhood in An Unmarried Woman. It's a strange combo.   I imagine most of the … Continue reading Highs and Lows: the 1979 Oscars

Variations on a Theme: The Intervention and other Emotional Weekend Movies

This weekend I spent too much money renting The Intervention, a 2016 movie written and directed by Clea DuVall about a group of friends who decide to stage an intervention for a friend's marriage. I didn't hesitate to spend the $6.99 on it because A. I have no self control and B. it is my favorite … Continue reading Variations on a Theme: The Intervention and other Emotional Weekend Movies

“Her body, their body, one body”: Megan Abbott’s You Will Know Me & Gymnastics

Megan Abbott's latest book, You Will Know Me (2016), may be set within the world of competitive gymnastics, but it is concerned with parents and children, adolescence and aging, sex and love, and goals and desires. In addition, it's a compelling portrait of what life—particularly, life during a crisis—might be like for a family with a young, elite female athlete. … Continue reading “Her body, their body, one body”: Megan Abbott’s You Will Know Me & Gymnastics

Recommendation Round-Up

In homage to The Atlantic's excellent feature, "The Week in Pop Culture Writing," (which includes highlights from around the internet and various print publications, and which nicely complements their own "The Atlantic's Week in Culture" posts) and the way that Slate podcasts always conclude with the moderators' recommendations, I've decided to try something similar. Not an in-depth post, but … Continue reading Recommendation Round-Up

The Only Happily Ever After in the Reality TV World (Book Review: Romancing Miss Right by Lizzie Shane)

With so many years of reality television, faux-romance, and D-list (or is it F-list?) reality celebrities, many of us might feel disillusioned by the entire subject; yet, Lizzie Shane’s Romancing Miss Right proves that with the right (and light) touch, reality television romance can be surprisingly fertile ground for a fresh contemporary romance. Shane’s Romancing Miss … Continue reading The Only Happily Ever After in the Reality TV World (Book Review: Romancing Miss Right by Lizzie Shane)

Recommendation Round-up

In homage to The Atlantic's excellent feature, "The Week in Pop Culture Writing," (which includes highlights from around the internet and various print publications, and which nicely complements their own "The Atlantic's Week in Culture" posts) and the way that Slate podcasts always conclude with the moderators' recommendations, I've decided to try something similar. Not an in-depth post, but … Continue reading Recommendation Round-up